Local Fulbrighters meet international Fulbrighters through WorldChicago Home Hospitality Program

WorldChicago President Peggy Parfenoff welcoming the Home Hospitality participants on March 30, 2021.

LAST MARCH 30 EVENING, WorldChicago partnered with the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter for the first online live engagement of the Virtual Home Hospitality Program.

This opportunity allowed for Fulbright alumni to connect with the current Fulbright Scholars, not only in the Chicago area but also in other parts of the country. Each Fulbright alum had the chance to connect with a visiting scholar for an hour and share one another’s experiences, discussing home, family and work life.

WorldChicago President Peggy Parfenoff welcomed all participants highlighting the collaboration with our chapter. Dr. Edel Jose, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, added that both organizations have a history of working together and looked forward for live events but in the current circumstances we are doing whatever possible to maintain a strong connection and communication.

The 2021 Fulbright Scholars that participated in this event come from India, Italy, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Lebanon, Burma (Myanmar), Tunisia, Morocco, Georgia, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Romania, Egypt, Algeria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Jordan, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Colombia and Chile.   

Julia Sosnivka, WorldChicago’s Program Associate managed the virtual event and created breakout rooms for local and international scholars to meet. Besides Dr. Jose, the Chicago Chapter was represented by board members Marilyn Susman and Elio Leturia.

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